14082Re: how to copy into system clipboard
- Nov 23, 2013On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:44:11 PM UTC+1, Bee wrote:
> On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:43:22 AM UTC-8, LittleQ wrote:Ex-commands always act linewise on the range of lines you type between the : and the command name (or before the command name in a script).
> > it should be ‘single quote’, so it’s ‘<, ‘> not `<, `>
> I know '< works for lines, but my attempt to use `< is to select a character range.
> :help `<
> '< `< To the first line or character of the last selected Visual area in the current buffer.
> Is there a way to write the CHARACTER selection to stdout? for use by pbcopy
To act on a visual selection you could type "+y in Visual mode, but using :normal would defeat this because hitting : in Visual mode goes out of Visual and places you in command-line mode with :'<,'> before the cursor, so that the ex-command you're about to type will act linewise on the just unselected Visual selection. You can act characterwise on an object or a motion by including the object or motion command after "+y in the operand of :normal, e.g.:
will yank to the clipboard (i.e. "copy") the WORD at the cursor with no surrounding space. (Similarly, just :normal yW would yank it to the "unnamed" register.) Then you would have to find out how to put that out to your pbcopy command. One possibility (in a script) would be
remembering that the $put command will add the register linewise after the last line (thus creating a new line) so the $ line number in the last two commands above will be one more than in the $put command. I haven't checked where the cursor ends up at the end of this snippet.
The above snippet is valid because a WORD will never span more than one line. How to make it work for a multi-line characterwise yank is left as an exercise to the reader. (Hint: see "help line()" and ":help :execute")
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